CENTERING ANIMALS: WRITING ANIMALS INTO LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
Call for Papers Date:
We are currently seeking scholarly contributions for a forthcoming edited collection entitled Centering Animals: Writing Animals into Latin American History to be submitted to a university press in 2009. We have a number of individuals who are already contributing, and are looking for a few more articles that deal with the histories of animals (mammals, insects, fish, birds, etc.) as they relate politically, economically, culturally, and/or medically to Latin American history. While we will consider all proposals, we have a preference for papers dealing with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and we unfortunately cannot include any more papers dealing with Mexico (as we already have three contributions on Mexico).
We are especially interested in papers that address the histories of real animals, rather than those that focus on animals as symbols or representations. Some potential topics might include: the role of animals in conquest and colonization; the commodification of animals in Latin American economies; histories of hunting, zoos, and menageries; animals in criminal cases; ethno-veterinary practices; and animal-human experimental biology and medicine, etc.
Currently we have papers dealing with the following topics: insect infestations and indigenous knowledge (colonial Guatemala), shapeshifting and the role of animals in conquest (colonial Mexico), cases of animal baptisms and marriages tried by the Mexican Inquisition (colonial Mexico), dogs, disease, and public hygiene (nineteenth-century Mexico), animals and indigenous healing practices among the Kallawaya (eighteenth-century Peru), historical/artistic representation of parrots (colonial Brazil), ethnohistory of sealing in Tierra del Fuego (Chile/Argentina), goat symbolism and the Trujillo dictatorship (twentieth-century Dominican Republic).
We welcome any proposals dealing with other topics and geographic focuses.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: AUGUST 15, 2008
Those interested should email a 250-500 word abstract and a one-page CV, including contact information, by August 15, 2008 to both:
Martha Few (Department of History, University of Arizona): firstname.lastname@example.org
Zeb Tortorici (Department of History, UCLA): email@example.com.
Finished papers will be due in early 2009 and should be between 20-25 pages.
Department of History
Social Sciences 215
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Department of History
University of California, Los Angeles
6265 Bunche Hall, Box 951473
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473
firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
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